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SC employees to donate two days' salary to dams fund

SC employees to donate two days' salary to dams fund

Employees of the Supreme Court (SC) that are at Basic Pay Scale (BPS)-16 or above will donate two days' salary to the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dams Fund 2018 — an account created by the Finance Ministry in compliance with the top court's orders — a press release by the SC public relations officer said on Wednesday.

During a hearing last week, the SC had observed that water resources were crucial for survival and directed authorities to take immediate and effective measures to build two dams — Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand. Furthermore, it had appealed to the general public, including Pakistanis residing abroad, to donate to the cause.

The account was opened in pursuance of the SC order to the federal government, Wapda and the executive authority to take effective measures in light of unanimous decisions of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) to develop the 4,500MW Bhasha dam and 700MW Mohmand dam.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar led the way, formally depositing Rs1 million as a donation in the account from his personal account last week.

Today's statement said that SC employees between BPS-2 and 15 will also contribute to the dam funds by donating a day's salary to the fund.

The legal fraternity in Lahore answered the chief justice's call for donations to the fund as well, with senior lawyers like Chaudhry Zafar Iqbal and Malik Maqbool Siddiq donating cheques of Rs100,000.

Female lawyers also chipped in by submitting cheques to Bank Al-Habib's branch manager who collected donations in the Lahore High Court (LHC). The lawyers who submitted donations in the LHC belong to both the SC and the LHC.

Punjab interim Chief Minister Hassan Askari also donated Rs0.5m via cheque on Tuesday. Officials from Wapda and SNGPL have announced they will donate two days' salary to the fund, while employees from BPS 1-16 will donate one day's salary.

The armed forces made a similar announcement on Monday.

“The officers of army, navy and air force will contribute their two days’ pay, while soldiers [will be donating] one day’s pay to the announced fund for this national cause,” read a statement tweeted by Inter-Service Public Relations chief Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor.

The Ministry of Finance last week opened the account titled "DIAMER-BHASHA AND MOHMAND DAM FUND –2018" to accept funds for construction of the dams.

The account bears Account No.03-593-299999-001-4 and IBN No.PK06SBPP0035932999990014.

An SC announcement says that payments in the fund will be received at all branches of the State Bank of Pakistan, all treasuries and branches of the National Bank of Pakistan and all other scheduled banks.

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